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Now I Get It: Nevada's lax gun laws

By Joyzel Acevedo

Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel on a concert crowd of 22,000, and with more than 50 dead and hundreds injured it is now considered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Police discovered at least 23 guns in his hotel room, including 20 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and they believe he used assault rifles converted into fully automatic weapons to fire numerous bullets with a single pull of the trigger.

In Nevada, gun owners can buy and openly carry firearms without a permit, license or registration. The state’s laws also allow the purchase of machine guns and silencers as long as federal regulations are met.

Depending on whether the proposed SHARE Act is passed by the House of Representatives, it might even be easier to obtain a silencer: The bill does away with the current regulations of a purchasing wait period of a few months, fingerprint and photograph ID and a $200 tax.

The House was set to vote on the SHARE Act in June, but it was postponed after a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball game, wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. House Speaker Paul Ryan stated at a press conference, “That bill is not scheduled now, I don’t know when it’s going to be scheduled.”

On the way to survey damage in Puerto Rico, President Trump praised first responders and addressed gun legislation: “The police department has done such an incredible job, and we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”


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